The 2016 BMW SA Open Betting Preview And Tips

Glendower GC
Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa 07 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2016

I think the first thing to be said is if you’re a betting man and looking to punt big on the South African Open, don’t do so pre tournament.
There are far too many unknowns as regards Christmas, practice, mince pies and beer.  Having said that I am in the business of tipping so here is the preview, brought to you with a little pinch of salt!

Also check out my 2016 Hyundai Tournament Of Champions betting preview and tips here.

Favourite Discussion

Without Charl Schwartzel in the field Branden Grace takes up the favourite tag at a ridiculously short price of 4/1.  Defending champion Andy Sullivan is at 8/1.  Andy also won the Joburg Open at the start of 2015 and will be looking to take up where he left off at the season ending Tour Championship where he held his own against Rory McIlroy down the stretch.  If you are looking for a win only bet, Andy is the most prudent but not for me this week.

Doc’s Five Players To watch At The 2016 South Africa Open

Jaco Van Zyl 20/1

Poor by his standards here last year but Jaco made up for it when the Tour came back for the Africa and Joburg Opens.  Showed his pedigree as the 2015 season went on with a great solo third at the devilish Paris National and added a solo season in Turkey.  T12 at Glendower in 2014 so has the game to manage this tricky track.

Gregory Bourdy 25/1

There are a few unknowns here but I am interested to see Greg is travelling to South Africa.  This will be his first trip to Glendower and last played in this event in 2010.  He has four top-10’s and a T15 from five appearances in the tournament and is arguably a better player now than five years ago.  On a cut streak of six and topped the greens in regulation stats on the Earth Course last time out.  Started the 2015 season fast with good showings in Qatar and Malaysia so definitely worth an each way look here.

Gary Stal 35/1

Impressive T5 on his first look at the Glendower track in 2015 and went on to record a brilliant win in Abu Dhabi, beating Rory McIlroy into second.  Scored heavily on the par-5’s here in 2015 and if he can improve his management of the par-4’s (cumulative +5 then) can really contend.  Super putter and part of the new breed of stars the European Tour desperately needs.

Lee Slattery 35/1

What a year 2015 was for Lee. That win in Russia was special but to continue the good play and contend in Holland and Turkey and score a T17 at the Tour Championship was just reward for all his hard work.  Solo third here last year; the Glendower track looked tailor made for him and he featured near the top of all the major stats.  See how he goes after round one and maybe worth and each way look.

Jbe Kruger 60/1

What’s not to love about Jbe?  Tied the lead with Andy after round one here last year and then racked up an 80 and 79 in two of the next three rounds.  Showed he had game in 2014 though with a brilliant T2 when Morten Orum Madsen won.
Slathered in sun block and collars up, Jbe's definitely not getting burned!

One Long Odds Glory Shot To Watch At The 2016 South Africa Open

Pablo Martin Benavides 100/1

Pablo is like the guy on your local soccer team who never shows up to training but can play like Lionel Messi!  Solo fourth last year and twice a winner in South Africa.  On his day can mix it with the best.  Only problem is figuring out which day!

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